Weddings are meant to be one of the happiest days of a person’s life, but it doesn’t always turn out that way. Sometimes, things go dangerously wrong, and we’re not talking about the cake falling down before the bride and groom manage to cut it. Sometimes, the two people meant to be married are interrupted mid-ceremony.
Today, we have more than a few crazy, funny and shocking stories experienced by people who were at an interrupted wedding or two. If you’d like to hold your peace, unlike those in our stories, scroll down and keep reading. You’ll find that you aren’t even safe if you choose to elope!
40. The Bride Objected
The bride read his cheating comments from his phone as her vows; she said he didn’t deserve her and that he needed to excuse himself from the venue. We all watched him tuck tail and leave stunned in silence.
She then addressed his family, stating, “All of you have been so good and kind to me over the past four years. My respect and love for you have not changed. Please join all of my family and friends at the reception for a celebration of truth, love and freedom to make the right decisions even though they hurt.” His brother and two friends didn’t go to the reception. Everyone else attended and had a blast.
39. Really Dad?!
I was once at a wedding where the groom’s dad interrupted the wedding to ask the bride’s father whether or not she was truly a virgin.
Then he went on about how he didn’t know anything about the wedding and blah blah blah. It was truly weird and embarrassing.
38. Jerry Springer Mixed with Cops
My wife dragged me to a wedding that I did NOT want to be at years ago, but I’m forever grateful that she did because I was able to witness one of the greatest spectacles of human drama that has ever taken place. This was like an episode of Jerry Springer mixed with Cops. The bride’s lover spoke up at that moment and yelled, “I’ll be god-damned if I’m gonna keep my mouth shut and let you steal my woman, you sorry piece of crap!”
This deranged old man proceeded to come at the groom with a stick in-hand, threatening to hit him if he doesn’t give her up. It wasn’t a huge wedding, maybe 40 or so people, but every single one of them went screaming and running and maybe two people stayed and called the cops. I grabbed my wife’s hand and we retreated outside to watch the rest of the scene unfold from the church window.
37. Wrong Church!
One of my father’s brothers loved to play practical jokes on his friends when they were getting married. He said he was not worried about payback, as he planned never to get married. Famous last words. When he finally got engaged, he warned his fiancee that they would probably face a lot of pranks as his friends got revenge for the ones he had played on them. But everything went off without a hitch until the minister declaimed that fatal phrase, “If anyone can show just cause that this man and this woman should not be married, let him speak now or forever hold his peace.”
Suddenly a voice rang out from the back of the church, “Stop the wedding!” A man no one had ever seen before, wearing bib overalls and a checked shirt, came down the aisle, holding a baseball bat in one hand and pulling a very pregnant young lady with the other. He came to the front and glared my uncle full in the face for a long minute. Then he glared at the bride and the minister. Finally, he looked around the sanctuary at the guests. He suddenly called out, “WRONG CHURCH!” and he and the girl ran out of the church.
36. The Reverse Prank
My dad attended my uncle’s wedding (not my real uncle, but they were roommates in college) a few years ago and objected to the wedding as a joke. When the question was asked, my dad stood up and yelled: “I object, she’s too good for him!” Suddenly all their old college friends stood up and also started objecting, as it was all part of an elaborate plan to screw with my uncle. The bride, of course, was mortified.
My uncle, knowing my dad and all their mutual friends, expected something like this and had spoken with the officiant about a reverse prank. My uncle whispered to the officiant that it was go-time. The officiant quieted everyone down and then announced that he was, in fact, offering a two for one deal on marriages and invited my dad and his girlfriend of 13 years up to the altar to be married as well. Laughs ensued and my dad sat down and shut the hell up for the rest of the ceremony.
35. He Didn’t Even Show Up
It wasn’t an objection, but my godfather straight up didn’t show up to his own wedding. My father was the best man and everyone was coming up to him, asking where my godfather was; my dad had no idea. A little while later, dad received a call.
He realized he couldn’t marry her and took off to New Jersey -we live in Newfoundland, Canada. It was one of the most dramatic things we’d ever witnessed/been part of.
34. A Lot to Say
Back in the late nineties, I was invited to the wedding of a guy I was in the army with. He married his girlfriend from university in his southern (Italian-speaking) Swiss hometown; it was all very traditional. During the ceremony, a girl crashes through the door, and started shouting in Italian that the bride could not get married in white in a church as she was not a virgin, was very promiscuous and was not “pure.”
The whole audience was stunned and waited for the reaction of the couple or someone in general. Suddenly the groom’s mother stood up and screamed at the intruder in the most vicious voice I ever heard, “Manuela, shut the hell up. Everyone knows where you like taking it!” I’ve been told that the girl was the groom’s high school girlfriend, but he left her as she wanted to wait till marriage.
33. Too Much from Mom
I went to a friend’s wedding and during the reception, his mother got up to do an impromptu speech. She said, “I can’t believe my son is marrying that horrible woman. She’s going to ruin his life.” The groom ripped the microphone out of her hand, then yelled at her to leave.
This was seven years ago and the couple is still married. For the record, the bride is not horrible, she’s actually quite lovely, and nothing like the mother said.
32. It Continued…
My friend (the groom) was getting married to this awful girl we all hated. They broke up during the rehearsal dinner after arguing about the order the groomsmen would stand in. The wedding still happened the next day, even though they were “broken up.” We all showed up to the church, not knowing if the bride would show, or what would happen. She showed up, the pastor asked for the objections and her mom objected – she yelled something about how the groom is a piece of crap and isn’t welcome in her family. The mom left the church, and the dad and brother left after.
The bride was just standing there staring at the groom with a real smug look on her face and said, “I told you you should have put my brother second in line, instead of fifth.” The pastor didn’t know what to do, but just kinda kept on trucking and eventually, they’re married. They’re divorced now; they didn’t even make it a whole year.
31. A Declaration of Love
I witnessed this a few months ago. A random guest stood up and proceeded to basically declare his love for the bride and pour his heart out, saying that it should’ve been him up on the altar that day. The whole room went dead silent.
The bride went red with embarrassment and the groom went red with anger. The best man promptly called for DJ/MC to start playing music. All this was in front of the random person’s wife. It didn’t go down too well.
30. Not A Two-Way Street
The best man at my step-sister’s wedding did something pretty crazy; it happened at the rehearsal the night before. It was a very large wedding and the rehearsal was bigger than a lot of weddings. The minister was going over the vows quickly while giving instructions on what to do; he said something about objections and the best man interrupted saying he had to put a stop to this.
He was in love with the bride and was sure she felt the same way. My sister and everyone else was horrified and it caused plenty of chaos and confusion. As far as I know, neither the bride nor groom ever spoke to him again after that
29. Bad Timing
One of my friends interrupted his cousin’s wedding to come out of the closet and could not, for the life of him, understand why people were so pissed at him.
This was the second time my friend had come out to his family. The first time was when he was a teenager (about eight years earlier). What was worse is that 90% of his family, who were in attendance at said wedding, was already aware.
28. The Worst Sister Ever
I was the best man at a wedding when the groom’s older sister decided to play a joke and stood up and said, “I object,” then started giggling.
The groom’s mother stood up, pulled her by the ear, told her it was not an appropriate joke, then told her to go home. This mother still refuses to talk to her daughter four years later.
27. With the Maid of Honor
I went to a co-worker’s wedding and the maid of honor objected and admitted to being the other woman and that the groom had been cheating with her for months. The bride left in tears and the groom immediately tried to get with her.
She told him she wasn’t going to hurt the bride further and that he needed to leave her the hell alone. The bride is doing much better and is now a manager at our office- we haven’t heard from the groom in over a year. The maid of honor and the bride are on speaking terms, but their relationship is never, ever going to be what it used to be.
26. The Most Awkward Wedding Ever
The groom objected. He just stood up there and started crying and, in front of everyone, told the bride that he’d fallen out of love with her a while before, but he didn’t know how to break it off. It was extremely uncomfortable; they both stepped out of the church, and ten minutes later came back out and got married, because she’d apparently told him she was pregnant.
They’re still together, with three kids, and I’m not sure about the husband, but I can confirm that the wife is having an affair. Neither of them is happy, but she has a comfortable life and he doesn’t have the spine to leave.
25. A Forced Ceremony
The groom tried to object. He had gotten the bride pregnant after a one-night stand, and the parents had forced a marriage. Even as a kid, I could tell that they were clearly disgusted with each other. The bride dragged her feet quite literally across the aisle and when the pastor asked if anyone objected the groom began to nervously whisper to him, shaking his head and gesturing towards the bride.
Both sets of parents got up and in loud whispers convinced him to go through with it. After a long, painfully awkward pause, the ceremony continued. I have been to a lot of weddings and seen a lot of drama, but this one has been one of the worst.
24. The Warning
At one wedding, the bride’s mother stood up and objected. She said, “I love you, [groom], and I don’t want anyone else as a son-in-law,” then nervously laughed.
She continued with, “but my daughter is exactly like me, and I wouldn’t be able to let this wedding continue if I didn’t warn you about the mess we make out of the lives of people we love. Make sure you want this.” Then she sat back down.
23. She Knew!
I was about 17 at my uncle Calvin’s wedding. When the pastor asked if anyone had any reason why these two should not be wed, a rather large unattractive woman stood up and shouted, “WANDA YOU SO STUPID, YOU KNOW I WAS WITH CALVIN LAST NIGHT!”
Then she left while everyone was picking up their jaws from the ground. The pastor tried to brush it off as nonsense and continue, while my brother and I were about to explode from holding in our laughs. I heard a squeak from him and I lost it. It was full-on, hard laughter until my dad looked at us down the aisle with a death stare. It was the most awkward situation I’ve ever been in.
22. An Amazing Turn of Events
When the pastor finished saying “or forever hold your peace,” one of my aunt’s ex-boyfriends came running down the aisle with one of her old bras she left while moving out and said “you left this at my house, and as long as I’m here I might as well ask you to marry me.”
Needless to say, it wasn’t like a Hallmark movie I’d ever seen, but after the ceremony, he came to the reception hall and had cake and food and led a dance competition. He is now my uncle’s best friend.
21. A Mess of A Wedding
If I remember correctly, the bride’s best friend and maid of honor objected because she had been sleeping with the groom for many months.
The bride then vomited everywhere and the bride’s father ran up and knocked the groom out cold. All the guests left awkwardly afterward.
20. From A Baby
My aunt was getting married to her second husband, and during the “speak now or forever hold your peace” bit, their baby started crying. The dude officiating it said, “If anyone older than six months has any objections, speak now or forever hold your peace.”
He got a laugh and the wedding carried on. They’re still together ten years later, so I guess whatever my cousin had to say was misinformed.
19. A Duel for Love
It was a medieval-themed wedding and the best man declared his love for the bride. He then challenged the groom to a fight for her love and they marched outside, drew swords and went at it.
Apparently, they choreographed two nights a week for about six months, but it honestly looked like they were trying to kill each other. The groom won and everything went on like normal; it was weird but cool.
18. A Special Announcement
About 25 years ago, my neighbor went to a wedding and came home to tell this story. When the pastor got to the part “or forever hold your peace,” the bride said, “Yes, I’d like to say something.”
Then she turned around to her guests and said, “I’d like to thank my maid of honor for sleeping with my fiance last night.” With that, she threw her bouquet and stormed off. The story even made it on the radio at the time.
17. Wrong Place, Wrong Time
I was at a wedding one time where just as the bride and groom were about to kiss, some crazy guy started banging on the window on the balcony of the church. He was yelling out “Cassandra,” which was weird because that wasn’t the name of the bride.
He must have realized this when everyone turned to look; he looked embarrassed, apologized and ran away. To this day, no one has any idea who that guy was.
16. Tense At the Head Table
I went to a
wedding reception party that a couple threw after the groom slept with someone at the bachelor’s party the night before the wedding.
Apparently, they didn’t want the money to go to wait, so they threw an amazing party! It was really tense at the head table, though.
15. The Ice Prank
When I was about 15, I attended an uncle’s wedding. When they asked if I anyone objected, my dad slipped ice down the back of my shirt.
I proceeded to jump up, startled, and everyone turned to me in shock. I sat back down without saying a word and my dad laughed like a hyena. Everyone was very confused, but the wedding went on anyway.
14. Not An Objection, But A Decision
This wasn’t exactly an objection, but I worked as a photographer at a wedding chapel on the Vegas strip. We had a young Chinese couple come in with their friends to get married; the minister did his normal speech, but when it came down to the vows, I could tell something was wrong. The groom kept putting the ring on the bride’s finger and taking it off hesitantly.
This went in for a few uncomfortable minutes; at one point, the groom asked the bride if there was someone else and she nodded her head. After a couple more awkward moments, the minister explained that if he did not pronounce them man and wife, it wouldn’t be legal. They decided not to get married. Their friends still bought the DVD though. That was one of my favorite moments working there
13. Living in Regret
Before the ceremony on my parents’ wedding day, my mom’s future mother-in-law said to her something along the lines of, “It’s not too late, you don’t have to marry him. He’s selfish, he’s cruel and he’ll never change. You’re too good for him. You’ll still be family to us, even if you don’t marry him.” My mom was 20 and she didn’t listen.
They’re still together, decades later, but I think she often wishes she’d taken my granny’s advice. That’s fairly damning about my dad, huh? His mother (one of the most wonderful people I have ever had the luck to know) would probably have disowned him and adopted my mum if she could have.
12. Promise to Take Me Fishing First
My dad was marrying his third wife. My stepbrother and I were in the wedding party; he was about 6 and I was 10. The preacher asked if anyone objected and my brother raised his hand so very politely.
My dad asked why, and my stepbrother replied, “because I want you to promise to take me fishing whenever I want, first.”
11. Daring them to Object
My cousin was really into bodybuilding when he was younger and has always been really tall. Around the time he got married, he was probably 6’6” 260 lbs. I was 18 at the time and I’ll never forget what happened next.
When the priest asked, “are there any objections to this union,” my cousin turned to the crowd and opened his arms wide and gestured as if daring someone to object. The whole place erupted in laughter; it was amazing.
10. Insensitive and Inappropriate
At my cousin’s wedding, the ceremony was quite elegant. Just as the pastor asked if anyone had objections to this marriage, my uncle stood in the front row where everyone could see him and proceeded to yell at and demean my cousin for getting pregnant before marriage.
She then burst into tears and ran into the bathroom for over an hour. After she calmed down, we finished the wedding and my uncle (her father) hasn’t talked to her since.
9. A Sign from Above
I was at an outdoor ceremony once, with a storm coming in. The pastor was trying to move things along so that we wouldn’t get caught in the rain (the reception was indoors, but the ceremony was outside). He asked if anyone had any objections, and instantly, there was a loud clap of thunder.
To his credit, the pastor just paused a moment and then said, “Anyone else? Alright, in that case…” and finished the ceremony. It was funny and we ended up having a great at the reception.
8. “I Object”
I went to a wedding when I was 5; it was my older brother who was getting married. Anyway, they said the whole “speak now” spiel and right before he was done, little 5-year-old me said, “I OBJECT!”
Everyone turned and looked at me. I was dead silent because I didn’t know what would happen. My dad asked me, “Well, why do you object?” And I said, “I did not know what would happen if I did,” and I was promptly seated.
7. By Force
I saw it nearly happen at my uncle’s wedding. A friend of theirs got too drunk, and when the pastor said the magic words about objecting, the friend smiled and started to stand up.
My mother, the groom’s sister, grabbed him by his hair and sat him back down by force. She was not about to let him ruin her favorite brother’s special day.
6. “Don’t Do It Bro”
I happened at my wedding, but not in the traditional way. We were getting married along a river at the end of summer and tons of wakeboarders and boats were out. I was a ball of nerves and the ceremony felt so serious, when all of a sudden some guy on a boat, blasting music, screamed, “Don’t do it, bro!!” And then sped off.
It was actually hilarious and made the rest of the ceremony a lot more fun. My husband and I cracked up even though his brothers looked like they were about to jump in the river after the guy!
5. Wasn’t There Supposed to Be A Part…
My favorite cousin was getting married at this really beautiful location. Everything was going as planned, but as the exchanging of vows took place, my aunt shouted something no one in my family would ever forgive her for.
She said, “wasn’t there supposed to be a part where you could object?” My cousin asked her to be escorted out and they haven’t spoken since then. The rest of the wedding was fun, though.
4. Ushered Out
I attended a wedding as a guest of a family member and when the pastor asked about any objections, the doors busted open and a man appeared who started to say “I do!” But before he could finish, two huge ushers, one who was my date, quickly grabbed the guy under the arms and literally lifted him off the floor and carried him out.
The wedding continued as if nothing had ever happened. It turned out the guy was the ex of the bride and they were expecting that he might show up. It was the strangest sight I ever saw.
3. The Paid Objection
To be fair, I didn’t witness this, but it happened to my parents. My mom invited an ex she was still rather close with to her wedding and he stood up and yelled: “I object!”
Little did everyone at the wedding know, my dad had gotten rather close with him and paid him to stand up and object for fun and laughed his butt off when it happened. My mom didn’t find it as funny and it really started their marriage off on the wrong foot.
2. Mothers Going At It
This was in the early 70s in semi-rural Washington state. My cousin was getting married, and my aunt and the mother of the groom did not get along well. During the ceremony, when the pastor got to the part about objecting, my aunt said something to my uncle. The groom’s mom jumped up and grabbed my aunt and they started going at it, all the way out the door and into the parking area.
They were separated, and everyone filed back into the barn, where the wedding continued. The best part, though, was when another one of my cousins simply walked into the woods after the wedding because that’s where he lived.
1. A Mutual Decision
Nothing was actually wrong, but both the bride and groom had been having doubts about their readiness to be married. I was someone’s date for that event and don’t know about the particulars, but they walked to the front of the church hand-in-hand and announced that they had decided to hold off on the actual marriage part of their relationship.
They said they would happily stay together and invited everyone to the dinner afterward to celebrate their decision to continue living in sin.